Power Air Corporation's Zinc Air Fuel Cell technology offers an alternative to batteries, generators, and hydrogen fuel cells as it creates residual zinc oxide that, through electrolysis, can be recycled back into reusable zinc fuel.
Power Air Corporation (OTC: PWAC) (PAC), a clean energy company, Is developing a commercially viable Zinc-Air Fuel Cell (ZAFC) technology that generates reliable, environmentally sustainable, zero emission energy for portable, stationary, light mobility, and transportation applications.
Power Air’s better way replaces batteries and engines with fuel cells that can be quickly recharged by a simple exchange of electrolyte. PAC’s ZAFC technology is made using low cost materials and conventional manufacturing techniques. Products powered by PAC’s ZAFC have all the advantages of batteries and engines, without the disadvantages.
The ZAFC is a metal oxide fuel cell using relatively simple physical chemistry. It uses a combination of atmospheric oxygen and zinc pellets in a liquid alkaline electrolyte to generate electricity with by products of zinc oxide and potassium zincates.
Gas hikes do not significantly affect the zinc market, and by incorporating sustainable energy generation into the recycling process, the products can be independent of fossil fuels.
Frost & Sullivan selected Power Air Corporation as the recipient of the 2007 Frost & Sullivan Excellence in Technology Award for Emerging Technological Innovation for developing a ZAFC powered generator that can be used indoors. This generator uses zinc as a renewable fuel source and enables the end-user to generate electricity safely and quietly without harmful emissions or greenhouse gas concerns.
Using a patented zinc feeding technology, the generators can run continuously, with a low heat signature, and provide electricity without the inconvenience of having to go outside or leave home. Moreover, the user can store the required amount of zinc and electrolyte for extended periods to meet their energy needs, whether for as little as 30 minutes or as long as several days. The zinc fuel is non-flammable, non-explosive, non-toxic and recyclable, offering an excellent alternative to fossil fuels.
Through its advancements both on the fuel cell and the generator itself, the ZAFC can move into largely untapped markets, such as back up power for apartment and high rise occupants, where there is currently no solution. By allowing indoor operation, ZAFC generators could solve problems like blackouts due to grid overload or harsh weather conditions.
"ZAFC's could replace large battery banks used in server rooms, data centres, and cell phone towers with extended run units and eliminate the need for external back-up diesel generators. As such, the technology has great potential in uninterrupted power supplies (UPS) and telecom backup," notes Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst, Anthony Miller.
The everyday consumer involved in recreational activities can also benefit from the ZAFC technology. In areas where there are restrictions against the use of power motors on boats, time-usage constraints within campgrounds or for the consumers that are simply more environmentally conscious, a ZAFC generator offers a simple solution.
This groundbreaking technology is expected to be competitively priced with other forms of on-site power, making it especially affordable in higher income cities such as New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Portland, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle.
Each year, the Frost & Sullivan Excellence in Technology of the Year Award is presented to the company that has demonstrated technological superiority within its industry. This Award recognizes the ability of the company to successfully develop or introduce a new technology, formulate a well-designed product family, and make significant product performance contributions to the industry.
With headquarters in Livermore, California, Power Air Corporation is engaged in the business of developing, manufacturing and marketing fuel cell stacks. Power Air has the exclusive worldwide license to zinc-air fuel cell technology that has been developed at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for all fields of use (portable, stationary, light mobility and transportation applications) and commercialization